An accident involving three vehicles resulted in one death and two injuries in Richland County on Aug. 26. The morning accident took place on Ohio 13 near Bellville.
The State Highway Patrol reports that at about 7:30 a.m. a minivan driven by a 29-year-old Mount Vernon man travelling southbound slid left of the center and crashed into a northbound Chrysler Sebring. The vehicle then continued and collided with a Ford F-150 also travelling north. The minivan then flipped and landed on its top off west of Ohio 13.
The driver of the Chrysler, a 60-year-old Mount Vernon woman, was taken to Ohio Health MedCentral Mansfield Hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash. She was later transferred to Grant Medical Center in Columbus. The 31-year-old male driver of the Ford was taken to Knox Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The driver of the minivan was also taken to Knox Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. He had not been wearing a seat belt at the time of the car accident.
In a case such as this one where the driver believed to be negligent has died, it is still possible to file a personal injury suit against the decedent's estate. Damages in this type of claim might include remuneration for the medical expenses incurred by the victim when treated for the injuries suffered in the accident as well as for any lost income the victim endures from missing work. Non-economic damages might include compensation for the pain and suffering the victim underwent as a result of the incident.
Source: WMFD, "State Patrol Investigating Fatal Crash Near Bellville", Brigitte Coles, August 31, 2014